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Cranberry Simple Syrup and Candied Cranberries

Cranberry simple syrup is the perfect way to infuse some of the best flavors of Fall into your cocktails. The syrup is surprisingly easy to make, and with a few extra steps you can have sugar coated cranberries too! This sweet and tangy duo will add just the right touch to all of your holiday merry-making this year.




  • 1/2 cup Granulated sugar

  • 1/2 cup Water

  • 1 cup fresh Cranberries



  1. In a small pot, combine the granulated sugar, water and cranberries.

  2. Turn the heat to medium high.

  3. Stir gently until the water begins to boil and the sugar is completely dissolved. * If the cranberries start to pop before the sugar dissolves, turn the heat down.

  4. When sugar is dissolved, turn heat off and let the cranberries soak for 10 minutes.

  5. Scoop out the cranberries with a strainer spoon and pour the simple syrup into a glass jar. Store in the refrigerator.

  6. Your cranberries are now ready to be used as garnishes in your favorite Fall cocktails! To use them as is, store them in the refrigerator in a small mason jar. To make them sugar coated, place them on a baking rack with a wax paper covered cookie sheet underneath for about an hour.

  7. Once the cranberries are mostly dry, replace the wax paper with a new sheet and lay the cranberries on it. Sprinkle granulated sugar over the cranberries and gently roll them around until they are well coated.

  8. You now have cranberry simple syrup AND sugar coated cranberries!


Ready to serve up some Fall flavored cocktails? Check out my Travel Inspired Cocktails page or one of my cocktail recipe collections!

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